Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

You Got Your Morton's Fork in My Buridan's Ass

While updating my iPod and watching its usual complaint, I just figured out why my Internet is so slow: I'm connected using old, slower USB ports! (At least I know it's not a virus.) So the problem is at least understood, even though it's not immediately solveable.

By the way, the title of this post is a hat-tip to my friend Ryan, who corrected my earlier post and pointed out that the starving indecisive donkey I was looking for was Buridan's ass. A link to Wikipedia and a few click-throughs later and I found myself reading up on paradoxes in general, which introduced me to the term "Morton's Fork." Morton's Fork is any choice between two unpleasant alternatives (devil vs. deep blue sea, frying pan vs. fire, pay now vs. pay later with interest). And that's my immediate problem: I've got a choice between sucky Internet and no internet (or, factoring in UPS, sucky free Internet and operational expensive Internet). And of course, I can't fix it (and hence, make my job-hunting any easier) until I have a job. Cf. Catch-22.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit that Wikipedia is the first place I’ve seen “Catch-22” defined as (¬B ⇒ ¬A) ∧ (¬A ⇒ ¬B). Think how much ink Joseph Heller could have saved!

4/09/2006 12:26 PM  

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